Miroslaw Balka

Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 7

Miroslaw Balka’s exhibition was titled “Element der Exaktheit” (Element of Exactitude), and the aspiration to an unattainable exactitude is precisely what unified the various works: Their titles referred to their precise measurements in centimeters, and yet some slight deviation always annulled the rule. Balka’s sculptures were paired with projections of white light that evoked the disk of the moon, but the encounter between the luminous circle and the three-dimensional structures was problematic and finally unresolved. This was particularly evident in 91 x 78 x 50, ø30 x 40 + Mooned (all works 2003), a sculpture shaped like a bed frame whose surface is covered in a layer of pressed salt. A rotating projection was lined up to shine through a circular hole in the bed, but there was always a misalignment, and the infinitesimal moment of conjunction was captured only occasionally, when the

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